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M Saraswathy

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Saraswathy has been covering stories in the areas of insurance, HR and education for the past 10 years, having worked in the past with Business Standard.

Hiring trends: Non-IT roles also see pick up; Q3 holds the key to future jobs

BUSINESS

Hiring trends: Non-IT roles also see pick up; Q3 holds the key to future jobs

Companies are in wait-and-watch mode on full resumption of work in offices due to fears over a third wave of Covid-19.

NEP 2020: Sports to be soon made part of school education curriculum

BUSINESS

NEP 2020: Sports to be soon made part of school education curriculum

Currently, sports is considered an extra-curricular activity in schools and activities either happen once or twice a week or after the school's academic hours.

Exit interviews: What to admit and what to leave out

BUSINESS

Exit interviews: What to admit and what to leave out

Being honest about why you are leaving this job and what the organisation could do better are the key. But, getting into a blame-game and badmouthing colleagues is a big no-no.

Festive sale: Appliance makers woo customers with extended warranties, cashbacks and easy finance

BUSINESS

Festive sale: Appliance makers woo customers with extended warranties, cashbacks and easy finance

White goods firms are hoping to improve revenue that was hit in the summer months due to the second wave of COVID-19. Onam kicks off the festive season sales in India. Sales during the 10-day festival offers a glimpse of how the rest of the season could pan out for consumer durables firms.

Bajaj Electricals plans another round of price increase in August as input costs rise

BUSINESS

Bajaj Electricals plans another round of price increase in August as input costs rise

Across the sector, appliance makers increased prices by almost 20 percent on account of raw material prices being on the increase

Explained | The General Insurance Business Nationalisation Bill and Opposition concerns

BUSINESS

Explained | The General Insurance Business Nationalisation Bill and Opposition concerns

Despite calls by the Opposition for the Bill to be sent to a select committee for scrutiny, it was passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 11 amid high drama

After engineering, regional-language education pilots soon in other streams

BUSINESS

After engineering, regional-language education pilots soon in other streams

This is part of the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020, that advocates the use of regional languages in various streams

Third wave fears weigh on parents’ minds with schools set to reopen from last week of August

INDIA

Third wave fears weigh on parents’ minds with schools set to reopen from last week of August

Nationwide, daily Covid-19 case additions are still above the 30,000 mark. Parents are worried inadequate social distancing and lack of proper hygiene on school premises may leave their children vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Job Advertisements: Time to come clean on salary to be offered?

BUSINESS

Job Advertisements: Time to come clean on salary to be offered?

Job seekers want recruiters to disclose approximate salaries for the roles advertised so that they can make a better decision while applying for these positions.

COVID-19 impact: Senior citizens struggle to buy term plans as underwriting gets stringent

BUSINESS

COVID-19 impact: Senior citizens struggle to buy term plans as underwriting gets stringent

Term insurance plans can be bought till the age of 65. Considering that physicals are now mandatory for senior citizens due to high Covid-19 death claims, products such as annuity and pension are being pitched to this category.

Coming soon: Offshore campuses of Indian institutes

BUSINESS

Coming soon: Offshore campuses of Indian institutes

The effort is part of a brand-building exercise by the Indian government to portray India as an international study destination

HDFC Life adopts calibrated approach on term policy sales, CEO says

BUSINESS

HDFC Life adopts calibrated approach on term policy sales, CEO says

HDFC Life CEO Vibha Padalkar said the private insurer is being cautious about non-disclosures and comorbidities to help price risk better.

Break the stigma: Time to make mental health part of sick leave

BUSINESS

Break the stigma: Time to make mental health part of sick leave

Employees are often forced to give excuses for taking time off for mental health. It is crucial that organisations make mental health leave a standard HR practice.

National Education Policy launches credit-based flexible courses for students, to reduce dropouts

BUSINESS

National Education Policy launches credit-based flexible courses for students, to reduce dropouts

After the first year of a UG degree, a certificate will be awarded. On completion of the second year, a diploma will be awarded while the three-year programme completion will lead to a Bachelor's Degree.

National Education Policy: One year of steady reforms, a few more miles to go

BUSINESS

National Education Policy: One year of steady reforms, a few more miles to go

While school curricula now include new subjects and regional languages have been made the medium of instruction, the key change in allowing flexibility for students to enter and exit college courses is awaited

Information overload: Data scientist roles up for grabs

BUSINESS

Information overload: Data scientist roles up for grabs

Data scientists are in high demand across India. Hiring consultants estimate that about 95,000 vacancies for data scientists exist in the country

NEP 2020: Education ministry advises implementation in current academic year

BUSINESS

NEP 2020: Education ministry advises implementation in current academic year

Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat have said they will implement the National Education Policy, which was approved by the Cabinet in July 2020, in the current academic year, while other states are still setting up committees.

Dear keyboard warriors, your future employer is watching

BUSINESS

Dear keyboard warriors, your future employer is watching

Social media posts of candidates, be it personal or professional, are now the first on the list for scrutiny by prospective employers.

Cryptocurrency platforms are on a hiring frenzy to keep up with boom

BUSINESS

Cryptocurrency platforms are on a hiring frenzy to keep up with boom

Amid the rise in cryptocurrency trading and mining in India, platforms in this space are going out to hire talent. Most of the roles are technical, which means engineers are in high demand.

HDFC Life Insurance to stay away from group term business

BUSINESS

HDFC Life Insurance to stay away from group term business

The company has been cautious on the group term business due to pricing concerns, HDFC Life MD & CEO Vibha Padalkar said

Top life insurers raise provisions as COVID-19 claims pinch hard

BUSINESS

Top life insurers raise provisions as COVID-19 claims pinch hard

ICICI Prudential Life has set aside Rs 498 crore for COVID-19 claims while HDFC Life is setting aside excess mortality reserve of Rs 700 crore. Claims had increased manifold in the June quarter

Want to give more options to pension funds, so opening up IPO investments: PFRDA chairman

BUSINESS

Want to give more options to pension funds, so opening up IPO investments: PFRDA chairman

This would mean that PFMs could use their investment corpus to invest into upcoming IPOs including the Rs 16,000 crore initial public offering of Paytm.

PM e-Vidya scheme to get fillip in FY22; expansion of education channels on cards

BUSINESS

PM e-Vidya scheme to get fillip in FY22; expansion of education channels on cards

In FY21, the government spent Rs 14.7 crore as part of efforts to promote e-learning during COVID-19. Since there was a nationwide lockdown, schools had moved classes online. DIKSHA, Swayam Prabha and Shiksha Vani programmes will now get more focus.

NEP 2020: Heavy school textbooks may be phased out under new curriculum framework

BUSINESS

NEP 2020: Heavy school textbooks may be phased out under new curriculum framework

The National Curriculum Framework is being revamped. Under this, the emphasis will be on interactive course modules, which are engaging for students.

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